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Starred Review. Drawing on captured Nazi documents found in Soviet archives and other recently released materials, Cassidy (J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century) offers a new view of the German wunderkind Werner Heisenberg (1901–1976), who won the 1932 Nobel Prize in physics for revolutionizing the nascent field of quantum physics, first with his matrix interpretation of quantum mechanics, then with his famous uncertainty principle. What Cassidy seeks to understand is why Heisenberg chose—indeed fought—to remain in Germany under the Nazi regime and then took a leadership role in its efforts to split the atom. Heisenberg later rationalized these activities, but Cassidy shows that the account in the scientist's memoirs doesn't always agree with evidence in the recovered documents. Heisenberg's famous wartime meeting with his one-time mentor Niels Bohr in Copenhagen is parsed in detail as Cassidy considers their conflicting accounts. Exhaustively detailed yet eminently readable, this is an important book, though it moves too quickly through Heisenberg's 30 postwar years. Photos. (Feb.)
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This book can be summed up such: being apolitical in the face of evil is the same as deciding to be evil.Published 16 months ago by Trent Waddington
Really like the book. I like it so much that I got the audible version as well. A very informative interesting history of Heisenberg and the Nazi struggle for the bomb. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I appreciated the parts about Heisenberg's youth and student days, as they helped provide some of the psychological framing for later chapters. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by S. J. Snyder
The breaking bad television series on amc is extremely smart and deep. So deep that they gave the main character, Walter white an alter-ego named Heisenberg. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by eric liberatore
You can learn what an exceptionally bright boy and man Heisenberg was. You can learn of his intense sense of responsibility for leading, supporting, and maintaining under the... Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Amazon Customer
There is little that I can add to the excellent Essay-Review written by Harry Lustig, on Cassidy's book, in "Physics in Perspective" Volume 12, Pages 470-496, 2010. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Prof Aharon Loewenstein
I just started reading the book and I find it very interesting and very well written, but I feel that I have to comment on the physical book itself--
It is not an... Read more